Local Charities join forces to promote an inclusive charitable sector
Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council and Northamptonshire Community Foundation are coming together to help promote good practice in the local charitable sector to help tackle inequality. Both leading Northamptonshire charities will devise a series of conversations and training across 2021. This will include helping groups to adopt policy commitments to equity and creating environments where people feel welcome, respected and safe from discrimination.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation is choosing to lead by example having carried out its own internal review on diversity, equity and inclusion with a set of actions to improve its own working procedures and standards. This includes specialist training from Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council on unconscious bias and diversity, equity and inclusion in the 21st century. Both charities are also committed to working towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced inequalities.
Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council, a countywide organisation, which campaigns for social justice in Northamptonshire, and who are local experts in supporting victims of discrimination, have also developed a nine-point action plan in response to the Black Lives Matter movement to promote racial equality within Northamptonshire. This calls for a pledge from the charitable, private and public sectors to making the county a safe and inclusive place for all. This plan is endorsed by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, which welcomes the proposed call for public funds directed to supporting BAME communities and to progressing racial equality.
Michael Vaughan, Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council’s Co-chair stated: “We are more than delighted to join Northamptonshire Community Foundation in the clarion call for social justice. Covid-19 has exposed the horrendous disparities in healthcare, education and life-chances for many groups in society. Together, we must, and we will, reduce inequalities and leave no one behind in Northamptonshire.”
Victoria Miles, CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “As a place-based, grant-giving organisation, we recognise the importance of ensuring that everyone feels they belong to their community and can take part. For this to truly happen, we have to reflect on and understand what diversity, equity and inclusion really means and adopt it in our day to day working practices. We look forward to working alongside Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council on this journey.”